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Diane C.

Status: Reviewer

Categories of apps she/he wants to review: Books - Entertainment - Games - Lifestyle - Photography - Productivity - Utilities - Other

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad3- iPod4G

Description: I'm a website developer, technical writer, biologist, a long time gamer, both video and board games, and I sew at the professional level with a special interest in historic costume. I'm a regular user and contributor to many social media sites like Facebook, Boardgamegeek, Fortress Ameritrash, Touch Arcade, Twitter, etc.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages over 10 - Gamer

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-10-01

User who invited him/her: Jean-Eudes L.

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Legend of Fat Ninja [text]

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What I liked - Legend of Fat Ninja is pachinko with a plot! What sets it apart is not only do you need to hit specific targets on the ground and in the air in order to stay airborne, but you also need to pay attention to enemy ninjas, who are sneaking around trying to make off with your supplies.
- Wonderfully bright, crisp graphics, at least when Fat Ninja himself isn’t flying, spinning and diving across the screen.
- Fun spinning, kicking visuals that fit perfectly with the Japanese-themed battling style of this game.
- Nicely responsive controls that take some practice to master.
Improvements - I had serious problems playing this game on a 3rd gen retina iPad. The game froze when you pressed the reload button after an unsuccessful level. You needed to kill the app and restart everything from the beginning if you wanted to play again.
- Controls for sound are hidden under the pause button for each level. It would be nicer to access these settings from the main screen.
- No way to skip the introductory branding pages nor the initial explanatory scenes.
- Need to add screen-rotation ability.
- Game involves a bit too much luck versus control for some tastes.
General review I enjoyed this unique take on pachinko. While some improvements in both visual and game play would make this shine, it’s quite playable as is. I recommend it for ages 8 and up as it requires some dexterity finesse that will frustrate younger players and the violence, while mild and cartoonish, might be of concern to their parents. Older children, and like-minded adults, will enjoy this as a pick-up-and-play title.